es­sen­tials of style

Yes, you can wear all white with­out looking like Mis­ter Sof­tee. Start by play­ing around with dif­fer­ent tones and tex­tures. (And maybe in­vest in a stain stick.)

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Put it in neu­tral.

Noth­ing says warm weather like a sea­sonal shift to lighter colours. Of course, when you make the change, it’s hard to miss. Many guys set­tle for white jeans but baulk at light­en­ing up head-to-toe, per­haps fear­ing neg­a­tive com­par­isons to an ob­scure reli­gious cult or some cricket-play­ing twit out of Mer­chant Ivory. (Iron­i­cally, if white clothes once sig­nalled leisured old money, today’s ‘rules’ about when and where you can wear them—af­ter Labour Day? Hor­rors!—are ex­clu­sively nou­veau riche.)

The best way to avoid be­ing mis­taken for Colonel San­ders? Skip the suit and opt for a mixed col­lec­tion of off-white sep­a­rates. Off-white here means any­thing but blind­ing, op­ti­cal white and runs from cream to a light sand, a range of shades that only re­ally dif­fer when set along­side one another. Some look vaguely grey, oth­ers more yel­low or pink; some are blue or even green in hue. Add to that tonal va­ri­ety an in­ter­play of tex­ture and you start to see how a monochro­matic look can still have plenty of depth.

Best of all, these vari­a­tions en­sure that when worn to­gether, your jeans, T-shirt, sweater or jacket will look like a happy ac­ci­dent: sim­patico, but never per­fectly matched. Sum­mer should be easy, af­ter all. So should your clothes.

Fac­ing page, from left: jeans (SGD198*) by Michael Kors; sweater (SGD147*) by Sun­spel; shirt (SGD234*) by Rowing Blaz­ers; sweater by Michael Kors; jacket (SGD3,068*) by Ralph Lau­ren; T-shirt (SGD72*) by Jung­maven; jacket (SGD1,931*) by Larus­mi­ani; jeans (SGD220*) and sweater (SGD1,730*) by Ralph Lau­ren; jacket (SGD1,002*) by LBM 1911; tie (SGD220*) by Boss; shirt (SGD461*) by Bogli­oli.

Try loos­en­ing up like Ital­ian menswear pow­er­house

Alessan­dro Squarzi.

Be lke Tom Wolfe: The late Amer­i­can au­thor and pioneer of New Jour­nal­ism al­ways looked dap­per in his

iconic white suit.

Ti­mothée Cha­la­met knows that sub­tle shifts in shades (here, between tux jacket and shirt) make all

the dif­fer­ence.

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